We have all heard that resilience is important for a child’s wellbeing. A resilient child copes better with problems, bounces back from adversity and builds upon their strengths to adapt to a changing world.
In addition to what children learn from teachers, storybooks and growth mindset journals, it’s important for parents to look for ways to demonstrate resilience at home, at school and in other environments. Parents are the first and most important example of a healthy response to anxiety-provoking situations.
These days, families face a whole range of challenges compared to several decades ago. Here are seven ways to develop resilience subtly, which can be incorporated into everyday conversations and interactions amongst family members.
1. Feelings come and go like visitors and it’s important that we practise recognising and acknowledging them. All feelings are valid, it’s what we choose to do with them that counts.
2. Model and encourage kindness. Doing so can help to build self-esteem and confidence.
3. Notice and support effort, instead of the outcome or achievement.
4. Relax more often. If you are looking to break away from the busyness, prioritise quiet time.
5. Explore solutions to difficult situations. Instead of avoiding, work together to break the challenge down into smaller steps.
6. Find a reason to smile more often. Smiling relieves stress, boosts the immune system and helps us make more friends.
7. React positively to failure. Talk about a time when you failed and how you overcame it. Because failure is inevitable, reacting in a positive manner demonstrates that failure is not connected to our worth or confidence.
Resilience Kit runs group programs to help children who struggle with their emotions, learn better ways to cope with life’s challenges. To learn more about Resilience Kit’s weekend and school holiday programs, contact the Groups Coordinator on 0481 369 446 or visit resiliencekit.com.au